July’23 roundup of the Dings


Our Monthly roundup of the chatter in the Dings. Oxford Street Party, Cancelled Fun Day, DigiMakers, Jumpfit studios and lots of other stuff this month.

Oxford Street Party

Oxford Street Traders under the arches held a street party.

Entry was free and they hosted multiple craft & artwork market stalls, illustration workshops for adults and the Dings youth club, live performances and funk & soul DJ to finish the day. They had something for all ages to enjoy and get involved in! including:

🎷 Live Jazz from the Dings Jazzmen from 1.30pm.

🎧 Funk & Soul DJ by @alfieleavy from 4pm.

🤹 Live performance from @invisible.circus act Upsidedown Rose from 4pm.

🎨 Creative illustration workshops from Jess Knights for all art levels. To book, head to @say.yuup

Heres some pictures from the day

The Dings Fun Day

Unfortunately Sunday was not a Funday 🙁

Due to this very annoying rain they made the tough decision to postpone the Fun Day til later in the summer – date to be confirmed.


Digimakers is back for the budding programmers out there – its a bit further afield but free and a great initiative. Theres a couple on in August for anyone wanting to escape the wet weather.


You can book via MoveGB, SayYuup or online at www.jumpfituk.com.

This is FUN! Jumping Fitness for All! Rebounding reduces body fat, tones your body, increases your agility, strengthens your muscles, provides an aerobic effect for your heart, rejuvenates you when you are tired, but best of all, it makes you smile! It’s a fact that rebounding induces an immediate state of euphoria. In fact, rebounding is “the most efficient and effective exercise known to man”. (NASA)

Land of Make-Believe – shared by Sarah Booth

The land of make-believe! It’s just a horse now as the horn was cut off last night. For those wanting to do the unicorn fest trail check it out here.

Community Reuse Fair

Theres a Community Reuse Fair at Children’s Scrapstore in St Werburghs on 16th September 2023 from 11am – 3pm. It’s a free community event to try and share information and resources and encourage reuse in Bristol.

It would be fab to have some Bristol Repair Cafés represented to share information about the different repair cafes and encourage people to repair more! If anyone is free to come along to represent their repair cafe and give advice and possibly even offer some repairs please get in touch with us at reusefair@childrensscrapstore.co.uk

Charity SuperMarket – Shared by Sarah Booth

On Thursday 20th July, Charity Super.Mkt opens its doors, bringing together charities and fashion in a unique first at Cabot Circus. This is the UK’s first-ever shop space hosting multiple charities under one roof, taking charity fashion to the next level! Charity Super.Mkt are accepting good quality clothing, shoes and accessories, (no homeware please). Make sure your donation is clean and ready to be sold. There is no limit to the number of items you can donate!

Charity Super.Mkt will be here until Sunday 27th August. Located on Concorde St on Ground, next door to Bershka and opposite Urban Outfitters.

Lee Pullen’s amazing night sky pictures

From The Dings to the Universe! This is my latest astrophoto, taken from my back garden in The Dings. It shows the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, which is a collection of around 100,000 stars, packed together 100 times more densely than the stars in our Sun’s stellar neighbourhood. It’s about 22,000 light-years from us, which seems far, but see if you can spot the “little” galaxy in the top-right corner of the image; that’s 30 million light years away!

Our local residents – courtesy of Ian Batten

Thought I’d share this lil guy who was just making his way through the back door, a very welcome guest 🙂🦔



For anyone looking for Gardening support – there are also others sharing their gardening offers on the community gardening Facebook page here. Don’t forget we also run a local community gardening group in the dings on the first Sunday of every month from 11 am at the Safe ‘Ouse in the park, all welcome.


Someone was looking for a local electrician and the following recommendations were made:

  • Graeme Jones, plumber and electrician 07858 078024
  • Mike – MBD electrical 07725 322450
  • Jack Nest – 07860109734

Womankind is seeking helpline and befriending volunteers!

Follow the link to our online application form here.

Womankind is a Bristol charity based in BS2 that helps women to improve their mental health and well-being so they can experience a better quality of life. We offer professional one-to-one counselling, group psychotherapy, a befriending service and a helpline to women and girls aged 16+.

We are recruiting new volunteers for our helpline and befriending services. If you can give 1-3 hours of your time each week to support women and girls, we would love to have you volunteer with us!

For more information, see our website www.womankindbristol.org.uk or email info@womankindbristol.org.uk with any questions.

Development News

New Bristol cinema will measure audience reactions

A state-of-the-art cinema will monitor audience reactions “like never before”.

Instrumented Auditorium, considered one of the world’s most innovative cinemas, will open in Bristol in 2024.

It will record audiences’ biometric responses, including their heart rate, eye movement and brain activity as they react to what is on the screen.

Iain Gilchrist, Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol, said it would provide “unique insights” into content creation.

The 36-person cinema will open at the MyWorld creative hub at The Coal Shed in St Phillips, using a £400,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

It will be equipped with cutting-edge equipment to record data on how audiences react to the content they are watching and hearing.

Design competition launched for 100 per cent affordable housing scheme

A new architecture competition is looking for designs for a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme.

Housing association Brighter Places have launched the contest with Bristol Housing Festival for a site on Midland Road in St Philip’s.

They are looking for “innovative and solutions-focused proposals” for a scheme “that complements the local area, is as climate smart as possible to reduce costs for residents and supports the city’s climate goals”.